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BESIX France wins contract to develop Saint-Denis Pleyel station (Grand Paris Express)

BESIX France wins contract to develop Saint-Denis Pleyel station (Grand Paris Express)


  • BESIX France will help build Saint-Denis Pleyel station (part of the Grand Paris Express). The contract, worth over 100 million euros, includes works to develop the station, covering a total area of 34,000 m² spread across nine levels – four of these below ground
  • Work will take 53 months, and will be finished in time for the 2024 Olympic Games. The station will serve the main Olympic venues
  • Saint-Denis Pleyel station, designed by the architect Kengo Kuma, will be one of the largest on the Grand Paris Express, which will handle 250,000 passengers a day and interconnect lines 14, 15, 16 and 17
  • As part of the ‘Tandems’ programme of the Société du Grand Paris, artists Stromae and Luc Junior Tam have been designated to work in collaboration with the architect Kengo Kuma and contribute to the aesthetic, sensitive and poetic dimension of the station

Saint-Denis Pleyel station (Kengo Kuma)

The contract and type of work

BESIX France was awarded the contract for the construction and finishing works on the Saint-Denis Pleyel station (located north of Paris). Société du Grand Paris is the client for this work.

It comprises the main glass façades, the road and other networks, and the architectural and technical trades (finishing works; HVAC, smoke extraction and electrics).

The contract allocated to BESIX, worth over 100 million euros, includes developing the station itself, as well as four separate underground constructions 800 m apart, 3 service infrastructures dedicated to passenger safety, ventilation and smoke extraction of the tunnels (Ouvrage Cachin, Ouvrage des Etoiles and Ouvrage des Acrobates), and a system to reverse the direction of the trains (Ouvrage Finot).

The Saint-Denis Pleyel station will have nine levels, four of them below ground. Its total area will be 34,000 m².

The whole project will take 53 months, 10 of which will involve mobilisation to prepare for coordination (synthesis) with both the civil engineering works and the equipment works packages (rails, catenary, etc.) already being implemented by the consortium Eiffage, Razel-Bec and TSO.

Construction work on the station began in mid-2018, with delivery scheduled for spring 2024.

René Jordens, BESIX France’s commercial manager: “The contract we won to develop the station is the result of the high-quality work our Engineering Department and Business Development teams have done throughout the tender process. This involved coming up with cutting-edge solutions to optimise the project in line with the client’s objectives. The work also helped BESIX establish relationships of trust with the general contractor, Kengo Kuma and Egis-Tractebel, and the client, Société du Grand Paris.”

Andres Penaloza, Director BESIX France: “BESIX Group takes particular pride in building the iconic Saint-Denis Pleyel station, which is very important for the Grand Paris. Winning this public-sector tender against the backdrop of the Grand Paris underlines that BESIX has firm foundations and demonstrates our technical capacity in France.”

Olivier Vanderkerken, Director Estimating: “Winning this project is the culmination of many months’ work done jointly by our Estimating teams in Paris and Brussels. I’d like to congratulate them on it!”

BESIX France

BESIX France’s iconic projects include the Melun Health Centre, the Dexia (CBX) and Carpe Diem towers in the La Défense district of Paris, the new EDF Research and Development Centre at Paris-Saclay, as well as structural work on one terminal at Charles De Gaulle Airport.

In 2020, BESIX France contributes to various building projects, including the Nice Airport Promenade property complex, as well as the new private hospital for ‘Centres Médico-Chirurgicaux (CMC) Ambroise Paré, Pierre Cherest et Hartmann’ at Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Outside France, BESIX owes its reputation in particular to constructing Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, as well as the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza Pyramid Plateau and buildings at the European Parliament in Brussels.

For further information: www.besix.com